8th July 2016 – a day I will always remember, as it was my last day at work. I can’t quite believe it has been nearly a year since I was made redundant and I said goodbye to my friends and colleagues.
Back in 2014, the landlords had taken the decision to convert the property into flats once the tenancy had expired in 2016. Management started to look at possible places to move to and it was decided that the company would move to Cambridge. I knew that it would be too much for me to commute to Cambridge every day so made the difficult decision not to move with the company. I had two years to get used to the fact that I would (by my choice) be unemployed and I had lots of support from my employers whilst going through the redundancy process.
The announcement that I was leaving was made three months before my last day. Those last three months went so quickly and before I knew it, it was my last day. The week before, I had a leaving do and my wonderful colleagues bought some lovely gifts. They had all signed a card and I was very emotional reading all their lovely words. I just about made it through my speech before the tears threatened to fall (those that know me, know that I am not always very good at public speaking).
My last day was very strange – very surreal. I went and saw everyone that was in the office that day so that I could say goodbye. I think they were more upset than me and although I had been telling them for ages before it was announced that I would be leaving, I don’t think they believed me! Tears, hugs, a leaving interview and then at 4 o’clock I left. Forever. There were tears in my eyes as I walked home.
I knew I was going to have some time off before looking for another job and the time to start looking has now arrived. I’ve checked and updated my CV and now the hard work of trying to find something that is interesting, pays reasonably well and is located in my home town of Hitchin begins.
I’ve loved my time off but now I feel ready, if a little scared, to get back to the world of working for a living.
Have you ever been made redundant? How did you find it and how long was it before you found employment again – let me know in the comments. If you have any tips on finding work, I’m all ears!
PS If my colleague that bought me the lovely orchid is reading this – IT’S STILL ALIVE!!